Just How Stupid is Stupid?

There are two types of stupid people in the world. Type 1s are too stupid to know they're stupid. Type 2s are just intelligent enough to know they're stupid, but too stupid to do anything about it. By our reckoning, the Shrub is a Type 1 idiot.

At the height of the Plame affair, Old Type 1 testily explained that he would ferret out anyone involved in leaking information about Valerie Plame. At the time, he promised that anyone involved would be "taken care of". When it became clear there was an ample supply of those needing taken care of, he amended his terms to require the offender commit a crime before receiving his particular brand of cowboy justice.

Now that it looks like Type 1 is the ringleader of Team Not-Taken Care Of, he's flipping like a flapjack on an IHOP grill. Gone are the promises to "take care" of leakers. His new strategy, surely devised by the Amazing Kreskin, goes a little like this, "Just watch over here while I do something over there. If you watch too closely you'll spoil the illusion and ruin the magical fun and that's just dangerous to the country you traitorous slime!"

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Appalachian Voices blog: Up and Running!!!

The new Appalachian Voices blogis shoving off today across the great Southern American blogosphere!

As we embark on this journey I invite you to join us for Mountain Oyesters and barbeque, sweet tea and moonshine, Smokey Mountains and Clean Smokestacks!

From Lookout to Kayford to Blair to Grandfather Mountain, we will be there protecting our environment, gaurding and celebrating our culture, and encouraging engagement in the politics of Appalachia.

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Reality check and survey

Beltway insiders are often accused of being out of touch with the rest of the country.  Indeed Bush has been accused of being in a bubble.  However, bloggers often only attend to what is going on in Washington, and hence the WaPo and the Times usually carry the brunt of  a blogger's criticism.

Today, I am going to begin a new series that explores the editorial content of selected newspapers in selected cities.  Why?  Because the average Joe and Jane do not read the WaPo or the Times.  If the netroots is going to reflect the grassroots, then lets see what is going on inthe rest of the country!  These are the newspapers that I will be following from now until the end of the year.

Tampa Tribune (conservative) and St. Petersburg Times (liberal)
St. Paul Pioneer Press (conservative) and Minneapolis Star Tribune (liberal)

I chose these two metropolitan areas because they are located in competitive states (as of 2004) and because they contain at least two newspapers whose editorials typically come from different points of view.  I am interested in receiving suggestions about other newspapers that meet the same criteria.  Colorado?  Ohio?  Missouri?  Nevada?

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    They were going to cut off the head of a man in Afghanistan for becoming a Christian.  The clerics who speak for their religion agreed unanimously that he should die!

   In St. Augustine, Florida several centuries ago a group of Spaniards did the same thing to a large group of their captives because they wouldn't convert to Catholicism.  They named a river because of all the blood that flowed that day.

   As that famous philosopher, Jerry Seinfeld said: AND YADA YADA YADA!


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The politics of Battlestar Galactica and the real world

I just love it when people take movies and TV shows and take them to the next level. When I first looked at the philosophy section of my local Barnes and Noble a year ago I saw a book on the philosophy of the Matrix. Matter of fact I remember reading some essays in the same vein on the Matrix website.

But, now about one of my favorite shows ( there is not many I hardly watch tv ) on television.

The unofficial Battlestar Galactica blog has this post up about the politics of the show as it relates to the real world. Just imagine having to deal with what they deal with on the show! Somehow I think the human race fighting against being enslaved, dominated, and eventually eradicated by machines would unite all religions and all races ( I'd hope ). But this is reality and we have Republicans who use race, class, gender, religion, and sexual orientation to divide us.

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